In recent years, the Catholic Church has been more active on environmental issues, urging people to be better stewards of the Earth while holding itself up as a model. In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI, dubbed “the green pope” for his environmental initiatives, announced his intention to make the Vatican Europe’s first carbon-neutral state, starting with solar panels on the Vatican’s auditorium that produce 300,000 kilowatt-hours a year, coupled with extensive efforts to conserve energy.
Catholics are not the only Faith getting behind environmentalism. Every major religion is moving in this direction, some faster than others. Faithful take note – Thou shalt not emit !